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Japan's national media react after Takehiro Tomiyasu's substitute display vs Spain
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Japan's national media react after Takehiro Tomiyasu's substitute display vs Spain

Arsenal star Takehiro Tomiyasu came off the bench to help Japan pick up a memorable win against Spain at the World Cup last night.

It was a rollercoaster ride for fans of Japan, Germany, Spain and Costa Rica. Every one of those countries could’ve gone through to the knockout stages yesterday, but after an outrageous round of football, it’s Japan and Spain who’ve booked a place in the next round.

Tomiyasu played a huge part as a substitute last night.

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Japan’s national media react after Takehiro Tomiyasu’s substitute display vs Spain

Tomiyasu has been struggling with a muscular injury for a while now. He hobbled off the pitch after experiencing some discomfort in Arsenal’s game against FC Zurich last month, and he hasn’t been fully fit since.

The 24-year-old came off the bench in Japan’s win over Germany in their opening game, and he did the same last night – this time, only for the final 21 minutes.

He needed to be at his absolute best to deny Jordi Alba and Ansu Fati on Spain’s left side, and he did just that with an absolutely outstanding substitute display.

Japanese media outlet Gekisaka hailed the Arsenal man’s pace and positioning last night. Praising his defending against Alba towards the end of the game, the publication wrote: “Tomiyasu put his body in with amazing reading and acceleration, and the ball went over the goal line.”

The outlet further revealed that Tomiyasu has been unable to take part in regular training sessions due to the injury in the back of his right thigh. That makes his display last night all the more impressive.


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Arsenal fans have known for over a year now that Tomiyasu is an exceptional player – the rest of the world found that out last night.

The Japan international has been brilliant for the Gunners almost every time he has played. However, injuries have really troubled him this season, causing him to miss nine games since the start of the campaign.

It’s clear that Tomiyasu isn’t fully fit yet, but for him to do what he did while carrying an injury last night against world-class opposition shows just have good a player he is.

Arsenal fans will be cheering him on at the World Cup, but they’ll all surely be worried about his ongoing fitness issues. Hopefully, he’ll recover very, very soon.

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